MIAMI – Maltese carrier SmartLynx (6Y) has introduced the Airbus A321F – the first freighter aircraft registered in Malta.
The aircraft, registered 9H-CGA, is the first of its type to join the SmartLynx fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft. It sports DHL branding to support the Express division of Deutsche Post’s DHL group.
The former Swiss passenger aircraft was converted into a freighter at Orlando-Sanford Airport (SFB) in Florida, according to the aircraft database at planespotters.net. It ferried to Europe last month.
Reducing Emissions As Demand Grows
SmartLynx, part of the Avia Solutions Group, says the new freighter will help to reduce DHL’s emissions using a fuel-efficient, narrow-body aircraft. The company says the A321F has a 20% reduction in fuel burn while enhancing range, payload and volume capacity.
Citing growing demand for air cargo capacity, Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of 6Y, said in a news release:
“The increasing demand for e-commerce shipments, along with the continuous need for the transportation of both protective equipment and medical supplies has vastly dictated the pace of growth right across the air cargo industry. The introduction of our new A321F as the first freighter aircraft registered in Malta will enhance our ability to support our partners in DHL and be well placed to contribute our support for growing air cargo demand in general.”
The carrier is planning on additional A321Fs.
Featured image: Smartlynx Malta A321F. Photo: SmartLynx